John Hurst works to hold corporations accountable for the harm they do to individuals and society, developing and executing case strategies in toxic tort, occupational disease, chemical flavoring, catastrophic injury, medical device and product liability cases.
John represents workers and their family members injured by occupational, environmental or household exposure to asbestos, including numerous mesothelioma victims. A central member of the West Virginia team, he also manages large, complex multi-party litigation and works extensively in federal, state, and bankruptcy court at both trial and appellate levels. John litigates legal issues under product, premises, and employer liability theories.
John represents merchant mariners with Jones Act claims against their shipowner employers in the federal asbestos MDL-875 and in the Northern District of Ohio and has presented on this topic. In 2014, John was a key member of a trial team that obtained a compensatory and punitive damages verdict in Massachusetts federal court against a manufacturer of asbestos-containing fireproofing.
Recognized as an AV rated attorney Martindale-Hubbell, John’s experience goes beyond occupational disease litigation. He represented victims of a 2009 explosion at the ConAgra facility in Garner, N.C., and negotiated the resolution of those claims against industrial contractors.
John published the first academic analysis of credit counseling agencies, “Protecting Consumers from Consumer Credit Counseling,” 9 N.C. Banking Inst. 159 (2005), and co-authored “Premises Liability Update: Employee Cases,” for Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation, (March 9-11, 2009), and “The Changing Landscape of Single Sex Education,” School Law Bulletin (2006).
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
Awards and Accolades
2014-2020 West Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars list
Personal injury - general: plaintiff; Personal injury - products: plaintiff; Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
Recent Blog Posts
October 7, 2015
Takeaways from the FDA Public Hearing on Bayer’s Essure Device
by: Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick
October 19, 2015
Asbestos Trusts and Medicare Liens: Three Options for Potential Relief
by: Jeanette M. Gilbert
August 4, 2016
Judge Gives Consolidated California Essure Cases a Boost in Rulings, Following Briefing and Argument by Motley Rice and Co-Counsel
August 5, 2016
Joe Rice Co-Chairs annual Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference for 7th consecutive year
February 29, 2016
FDA takes action on Essure permanent birth control procedure